More About Sontonga

 Location

Sontonga Lofts is ideally situated to offer the very best in suburban life, with the convenience of living close to the vibrant  energy of Johannesburg's cultural, entertainment and business heartbeat.

Located in the highly creative neighborhood of Braamfontein Werf, (Johannesburg's Loft Hub), Sontonga Lofts may be the new kid on the block but has already firmly established itself as a sought after, trendsetting urban lifestyle option, having made its mark while preserving and owning its place in this rich heritage area.

Sontonga Lofts is positioned on the corner of Solomon Street and Enoch Sontonga Street in Johannesburg's most vibrant up and coming loft conversion lifestyle quarter, the Braamfontein Lifestyle Precinct.Live in the gateway to the City of Johannesburg, whilst neighboring the suburbs and trendy 44 Stanley and its beautiful surrounding loft apartments.

Enjoy easy access to major transport routes including the M1 North and South as well as being within walking distance from the UJ and Wits' campuses, and close to major public transport routes on the Caroline and Empire/Perth Corridors of Freedom.

There is also a conveniently located neighboring public swimming pool for those hot summer days, with planned infrastructure upgrades by the Johannesburg Development Agency on Enoch Sontonga, Solomon and Smit Streets, offering increased and improved amenities and facilities in the area.

Within walking distance of Sontonga Lofts is the vibrant shopping hub of Braamfontein, as well as the new Rand Steam Neighbourhood shopping centre which will be anchored by a Woolworth and a Pick n Pay.

A uniquely Johannesburg-esque all-inclusive lifestyle beckons, only at Sontonga Lofts.

 

 

Enoch Sontonga

Sontonga Lofts, located adjacent to the Sontonga Memorial Park and situated on Enoch Sontonga Street pays homage to the man best known for penning the hymn that would become the continent's most famous anthem of the struggle against oppression. A teacher and lay preacher from the Eastern Cape, Sontonga wrote the first verse and chorus of 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika' (God Bless Africa) in 1897 and later that year composed the music. Now unmistakably distinctive, 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika' has been reworked and adopted as South Africa's national anthem and has also been incorporated into the national anthems of Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia. Searching for Sontonga Sontonga died in 1905 and it wasn't until nearly a century later that the location of his grave was established in Braamfontein Cemetery. Today at the site of grave 4885 there stands a striking black granite cube honoring his memory. The site has also been declared a national monument. At the ribbon cutting ceremony in 2005, then President Nelson Mandela said: "By the pride with which we bellowed your melody and it's lyrics- in good times and bad- we were saying to you, Enoch Mankayi Sontonga, that with your inspiration, we could move mountains... " In paying this tribute to Enoch Mankayi Sontonga, we are recovering a part of the history of our nation and our continent... Our humble actions today form part of the re-awakening of the South African nation; the acknowledgment of its varied achievements."

History Of Site and Buildings

Situated on the corner of Enoch Sontonga Street and Solomon Street, the former Post and Telecommunications buildings have been overhauled and transformed into global contenders in industrial loft conversions known as the Sontonga Lofts. The transformation of these once forgotten buildings and their surrounds into a striking designer urban lifestyle precinct, has taken what once was a hidden gem that had faded into obscurity and styled it into every progressive and inspired home owners dream. Encompassing the existing architectural elements of these face brick and rendered buildings with stylish modern finishes, the Sontonga Lofts are a designer blend of new and old world. The lofts and buildings retain several original elements including pressed ceilings, vast entrances, immense volumes, Oregon pine flooring, exposed industrial features, loading platforms, expansive window frames and concrete flooring, whilst combining modern building techniques and finishes to produce authentic loft conversions for the discerning enthusiast. Johannesburgs original communications hub Established in the early 1900's, the site on which Sontonga Lofts now stands retains several remaining heritage elements. Ideally situated in Braamfontein Werf, the site served as a communication hub at the turn if the 20th century when the original Johannesburg Post Office was built in 1906. The Post Office was later moved to 11th street but the original building stands as do the platforms used to bring in and offload the mail.

Developer Intro

Plitvest and the Izingwe Property Group are the developers of Johannesburg's new and most exciting, bespoke industrial conversion housing opportunity, Sontonga Lofts. By combining a wealth of experience, city insight and transformational thinking, Plitvest and the Izingwe Property Group have unlocked a unique urban loft lifestyle estate that embraces urban renewal whilst preserving the eclectic character and spirit of this richly layered heritage area. Chairman of Plitvest, Renney Plit, is a doyen of the property and inner city development sector, having spearheaded the award winning AFHCO Holdings for several years. Under his guidance the portfolio grew to R1.9 billion, making AFHCO the leading Johannesburg inner-city property development, investment and management group. Hayden Hartley is the Managing Director of the Izingwe Property Group which was established in 2010 as a multifaceted property subsidiary of Izingwe Capital. Izingwe Capital has substantial diversified interests and holdings. As a varied property group with numerous investments across a wide range of property sectors, Izingwe Property Group's project and investment portfolio spans from mining housing, fuel stations and student housing to low and middle income housing, inner city residential conversions and housing estates. Izingwe Property Group has in-house project management capabilities and is a NHBRC and CIDB registered construction company.

 

Security

 

Enclosed in a lush 15 000m2 private greenbelt, fully equipped with everything for everyone's lifestyle and coupled with a comprehensive, fully integrated security solution, life at Sontonga Lofts is set to be an absolute breeze.

The natural greenbelt equipped with a running and walking track, static gym and exercise platforms, provides the ideal space for the fitness and health conscious resident to exercise outdoors on ones own doorstep.

Or if you prefer to kick back and relax, pack a picnic basket and enjoy an afternoon on the lawns or stoke the coals and crack open a cold one with friends at the communal recreation areas.

Enjoy life at Sontonga Lofts.

For peace of mind, security features include comprehensive state of the art, 24 hour security systems, biometric access control for residents, plus digital camera coverage with offsite monitoring, placing Sontonga Lofts on par with premier gated estates in greater Johannesburg.

For the best in progressive designer urban housing at Johannesburgs most exciting all inclusive lifestyle address.

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